(June 1972)

Marvel, 1972 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.20 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
Bi-Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Out of Hell -- A Hero! (Table of Contents: 1)

Luke Cage / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Archie Goodwin
Pencils
George Tuska; John Romita (see notes)
Inks
Billy Graham; John Romita (see notes)
Colors
?
Letters
Skip Kohloff

Job Number
863Z
Genre
superhero
Characters
Luke Cage [Mark Lucas]; Diamondback [Willis Stryker]; Lonny; Quirt; Billy Bob Rackham; Shades; Comanche; Reva; Tyler Stuart; Dr. Noah Burstein
Synopsis
While serving time for a crime for which he was framed, Lucas volunteers for a medical experiment in a bid to earn parole. The chemical bath treatment is sabotaged by his nemesis, a violent guard, and the result ends in giving Lucas steel hard skin. He escapes and is presumed dead because his shirt, riddled with bullet holes, is recovered. Lucas vows revenge on Stryker, his former friend, who framed him and also caused the death of Reva, his romantic interest.
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Indexer Notes

Roy Thomas and John Romita are credited with creative contributions on the splash page. Thomas came up with the name Cage and the title Hero for Hire. John Romita, with some ideas from Thomas and Stan Lee, designed the costume.

Fred Snyder suggested that other hands were involved in the art, particularly John Romita. Nick Caputo agrees that Romita provided alterations on a few pages and redrew Stryker's face throughout. Stryker was also heavily redrawn by Romita on the last page which likely included the addition of a costume.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sensational Origin Issue!
    Luke Cage
  2. 1. Out of Hell -- A Hero!
    Luke Cage
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • David Bromley
  • Nick Caputo
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • Nuno Miranda
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Peter Croome
  • Jim Stangas
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  • Tony R. Rose